Recruiting News and Notes

As I head off this weekend for vacation in San Diego, I could not leave without one last gift to Hawk fans. I have more on Kyle William's visit tomorrow, Ron Aiken's travels in South Carolina, update on New Jersey linemen, and a name to always remember in Jeff Byers.

The Hawks have yet to identify a better linebacker prospect than Kyle Williams, and you better believe excitement is running wild on his upcoming visit tomorrow. The Hawks will be pulling out the red carpet, and will likely be having a few of the young linebackers, Abdul Hodge, Chad Greenway, Edmond Miles, share time with Kyle in helping sell the program. However, do not count on an early commitment of any sort.

The Hawks are proving to be a player in South Carolina, and have now offered a prospect earlier than ever before in the state in both DT Dorrell Scott and FB/LB Brandon Thomas, who hails from North Augusta. That is the same school as Richey Williams, and you can expect the Hawks to be in the thick of things; however; Thomas has a flurry of offers from the ACC and SEC. Earlier we said Scott would be potentially the biggest recruit Iowa has landed in South Carolina, but Thomas now takes those honors.

Coach Ron Aiken also made a recruiting stop in Columbia, South Carolina, specifically at Spring Valley High School. It so happens the school plays host to one of the nation's premier offensive lineman in Leon Hart. They also feature two defensive end prospects that received extensive looks from Coach Aiken during a spring practice.

Iowa begins camp on June 15th, which is usually a check in day for all campers that evening. However, the Hawks will be holding a special workout that afternoon for QB Anthony Orio, who must fly back that evening for finals that upcoming week. Teammate OL Phil Trautwein, who has been offered, is also slated to come. After originally planning to participate, Phil will have his foot in a boot for the two weeks dating back to an injury that occurred at Nike Camp earlier this spring. He is currently trying to switch his trip for the special June 24th lineman camp Iowa will be holding.

Iowa has identified a new wide receiver prospect in Kansas City Rockhurst transfer Justin Tomlin. You have yet to hear Justin's name as this will be his first season at Rockhurst, but he is a talent that will bring acclaim. There is also a good chance he could bring along teammates Tony Temple and Steve Redmond when he attends camp next week.

Last, as reported here on HTO.com earlier, Jeff Byers is very familiar with Iowa. The nation's premier center/guard prospect lived in Dubuque, Iowa for six years. His grandparents reside in Newton, Iowa and his father attended Drake University where his sister also currently attends. It appears very likely after a late May offer that the Hawkeyes may now receive a visit. This would be tremendous as there may not be a better offensive line prospect in the nation!


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